Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: North Dakota's Tobacco Tax Advantage

February 13, 2015

North Dakota policymakers are considering raising the state's tax on cigarettes by as much as 250 percent, taking it from a competitive rate of 44 cents per pack up to $2.44 cents per pack.

Research & Commentary: Minnesota Higher Education

January 27, 2015

Minnesota starts the 2015 legislative year with a $1 billion surplus, but Gov.

Research & Commentary: Indiana Nursing Home Moratorium

January 26, 2015

 The two mechanisms commonly used by states to limit health care competition are the approval process known as “certificate of need” (CON) and the use of state-imposed morator

Research & Commentary: Alaska Medicaid Expansion

December 29, 2014

The Alaska State Legislature opposed expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with many arguing it is an expensive endeavor that would not provide better or more aff

Research & Commentary: Idaho Medicaid Expansion

December 29, 2014

The expansion of Medicaid programs in some Republican-controlled states under the false mantle of a “free market alternative” to Obamacare has emboldened some Republican governors to reconsider the

Research & Commentary: Florida Municipal Pensions

December 16, 2014

State pension issues have received much attention from lawmakers and the media, but many municipalities also face pension liabilities leading them toward bankruptcy.

Research & Commentary: Requiring Legislative Approval for Carbon Dioxide Regulations

December 9, 2014

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the authority of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, proposed a plan to mandate a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions

Research & Commentary: Nevada Pension Reform

December 8, 2014

The fiscal health of Nevada’s pension system may be far worse than most people recognize.

Research & Commentary: New Jersey Motor Fuel Tax Increase

December 8, 2014

Legislators in New Jersey are considering a major gas tax hike, which would move the state from having one of the lowest gas taxes in the country to one of the highest.

Research & Commentary: Medical Device Tax Update

December 8, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had many disruptive effects on both the health care industry and the economy as a whole.

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